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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bicycle Tote! on: May 20, 2010 07:10:55 PM

Here's my latest completed project: the bicycle tote.

This fabric was unearthed form the Joann's value area last year, and I could hardly believe my luck. Quality tapestry fabric, at an incredibly low price, with bikes on it. Oh man. I do love bikes.

Besides my dream of upholstering a giant puffy chair or some other task that I would never finish (or even start), this fabric seemed perfect for my next book tote. Library books, folders for school, big envelopes for the post office, always need a good tote to go in and my previous model was starting to look less than classy. I lined it in a happy floral print fabric because I wanted to brighten it up, and the flowers on the inside resemble the flowers in the bike basket!

So here it is, in all its pocketful, bike-covered glory.

It's got four slide in pockets for phone/ipod, pens and pencils, checkbook, etc. These make it so easy to find the important stuff.

On the other side there's a tiny pocket that closes with a 5-inch zipper; perfect for my keys! Business cards fit well, too.

And here is a shot of the outer zipper (7") opened... the lining is the same as the inside lining except with a larger print.

I love pockets. Sometimes I don't want to put them in, because it's extra effort, but it's so worth it. And the tapestry fabric holds its shape so well. I'm just so happy with how this bag turned out!

(cross-posted to Fluffyland Craft & Sewing Blog)
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / In Memoriam: Plush Cactus on: April 30, 2010 09:34:03 AM
My beautiful pet cactus, Cactus, is now officially a resident of cactus heaven. It was a good cactus, and I loved it as much as anyone has ever loved a cactus, but the Cleveland sun, especially the amount that comes through my window, was just not enough.

Cactus had been looking a bit peckish for awhile, but I kept hope that it was just having a dormant winter. But on Wednesday, its head popped off. Goodbye, Cactus.

My room and my heart are feeling rather empty, so I was compelled to make a memorial version of my beloved Cactus.

Much less alive and much more cuddly, the presence of Plush Cactus is slowly healing the prickly hole in my heart.

Cactus, in better times:

(cross posted to Fluffyland Craft & Sewing Blog)
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Why yes, I did make some narwhals... on: August 03, 2009 11:20:36 AM
I've made whales for forever. Why not add a giant tusk and make something that is just as awesome (debatably awesomeER - what would you say?) : NARWHALS!

And to make them even more awesome, I took their pictures at the playground.

Yes, plush narwhals like playgrounds too.

Enjoy! Comments and criticism welcomed!

(although yes, i know, the tusk normally points more forward. this is an artistic interpretation.)
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Ribbon Headband Tutorial! Simple and cute! on: August 01, 2009 02:46:39 PM

Here is a super quick and easy tutorial to teach you how to make a ribbon headband! This ribbon headband uses a small strip of elastic in the back to hold your hair better in place and, best of all, reduce the pain that typically prevents me from wearing headbands in the first place!

Here's what you'll need:

 - Ribbon (about a yard)
 - Elastic scrap (about 6")
 - Thread that matches your ribbon closely

Step 1: measure around your head where a headband would go. I got about 20 inches.

Step 2: Cut two pieces of ribbon to the same length, and cut a piece of elastic. You can use the same ribbon, or even make it reversible! But the ribbons should be the same width. I cut my ribbon to 16 inches each piece, and my elastic to 7 inches... compare your measurement from step 1 to mine and decide whether you would want more or less of either.

Step 3: Place one of your ribbon pieces right side up, and center the edge of your piece of elastic on top.

Step 4: Place the other piece of ribbon, right side down, on top of the elastic, to make a sandwich. Make sure it is well-aligned with the other piece of ribbon. Pin in place, then stitch across.

Step 5: Repeat step 4 with the other end of your ribbons, making sure not to twist the ribbons. At the end of the step your ribbons & elastic should look something like this:

Step 6: At the ends where the elastic meets the ribbon, turn it ride-side out. Now, iron the crease flat where your ribbons touch. (be careful, because some ribbons highly dislike being ironed!)

Step 7: Line up your ribbons so they are directly on top of each other, and topstitch close to each edge.

Step 8: You may want to press your headband quickly again if topstitching caused any slight wrinkles, but otherwise, you're done! Enjoy!

I hope you liked this tutorial... these headbands are cute and simple, and would make a great gift accessory. I'd love to see pictures of your finished headbands! And, as always, your comments are welcomed and appreciated, so please let me know whether this tutorial was clear enough. If you use this tutorial, please link back to http://fluffyland.com/blog/index.php/ribbon-headband-tutorial/. Thanks!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Vintage-Inspired Bunny Plush: the Arthurs! (plenty of pictures!) on: July 22, 2009 03:45:13 PM
I have lots of fabric. I have lots of fabric that's not quite suitable for most of the zipper pouches and such that I'm typically working on. And I just needed an extra helping of cute in my life.

The solution?
I present.. the Arthurs!

They're made from vintage fabrics, and they have fleece applique faces with childsafe eyes and noses.

They're delightfully handmade; each is a little bit differently shaped, they vary in squishiness... the quirks add to their personality.

And they're all named Arthur. This is Arthur Cobalt.

Arthur Goldenrod, the original!

and Arthur Rouge.

I love them. They're stuffed with fabric scraps, to give them a more weighted feel than typical poly-fil. They're not meant to be children's toys, but they're certainly very huggable.

Please let me know what you think! Thanks! Smiley
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / zippered wrist wallets! (image heavy!) on: June 30, 2009 11:01:03 AM
I don't like to carry a purse with me everywhere, especially when I'm just driving around and want to hold my license, assorted pieces of plastic, cash, chapstick, coupons, and my phone. So I've come up with this simple zipper pouch with a detachable wrist strap: the wrist strap has a clasp so you can clip your keys on as well! Super handy and you always have everything you need.

They're also really fun to make because the small size allows for lots of fabric experimentation Smiley

Any feedback? Which is your favorite? And how can I improve?

Thank you so much and have a wonderful and crafty day!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / ipod cases galore! (image heavy!) on: June 14, 2009 06:43:02 AM
So I think I've finally "cracked the code" on the iPod pouch I've been working on lately. I wanted something simple, but padded without being bulky. Something that would be appropriate to a wide variety of fabrics and a wide variety of people. And I think I've come up with it:

The flap closes with velcro, and there is a little pocket on the front for headphones.

They're lined with cozy polar fleece!

I think they're quite darling. I love comments and criticisms.. always looking to improve!

Have a wonderful and crafty day!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Boy Dolly with stylin corduroy pants for Craft Hope - with FREE PATTERN LINK on: May 30, 2009 03:44:36 PM
Lots of my favorite bloggers have been sending dollies off to Craft Hope because they're going to be sent to an orphanage in Nicaragua. I figure orphans need handmade dollies more than anyone else I can think of, so I had to go along and make one myself.

And here he is:

He's made from a very simple pattern I made up myself.. I just drew a basic doll shape and cut out all the pieces. But I love the way he turned out, and if you'd like to make a dolly just like him (or a girl!) I've added the pattern to my blog, and you can download it here: http://fluffyland.com/blog/index.php/dolly-pattern/

Craft Hope must receive all the dolls that are to be taken to Nicaragua by June 13, but if you have a chance in the next week or so I encourage you to try your hand at a doll as well so we can all make some children smile. Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Quite the Fashionable Hat for a Lost Boy, plus Peter Pan's leafy tunic! on: December 03, 2007 06:04:48 PM
Two weekends ago, I played the part of Tootles, one of the lost boys, in Peter Pan. We did it as the fall musical at my school this year, and it was lots and lots of fun.

I realized that I'd need a hat to hide my hair, and I wanted either a Newsies-style cap, or an Irish cap with a brim. I looked at plenty of stores, but they were all too girly - bows, pink plaid, etc. Not for a lost boy! So what would a sensible crafter do? I decided to make one myself.

We had an Irish hat at my house, but it was too small. I used it to get the basic ideas and shapes, but my hat was still basically from scratch because it wasn't very useful for a pattern.. especially since I couldn't cut into it at all.

My first foray into hatmaking, besides a few fleece baby hats last Christmas. What do you think? Was it a success?

(that's my pose for the end of "i won't grow up"... i'm pretty adamant about not growing up. I only JUST turned 18.. it doesn't count yet.)

And I think it works okay in real life, too!

When rehearsals first started for the show, I told the costume crew I'd be happy to help them with any sewing they'd need. Of course, they never needed me until tech week, when we were stuck at school every night until 10. I had to add some fabric and put in a new zipper on Mrs. Darling's dress, make a tail for the Crocodile, do lots of little repairs, and sew what I think (without actually counting.. but it's an educated guess) were about 3 million sparkly leaves on Peter Pan's tunic. I took my spare sewing machine in, and whenever I wasn't needed onstage I'd run up and sew on a few more leaves. I finished about two hours before the curtain opened on opening night.. talk about spastic.
and i think it turned out pretty great!

thanks for all your comments! sorry i've been quiet around here/my blog lately, the show took all of my time. but now i'm back to the sewing world!
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / who? why, it's an owl! on: August 10, 2007 04:24:49 PM
After looking all over the internet at everyone's lovely thrifting finds, I decided it was a good time to stop being jealous of everyone else's vintage finds and break out some of my own vintage fabric. I perused through my stash full of fabrics from both of my grandmas, and decided on floral print vintage corduroy.

I'm in the process of making a hoodie, which is coming along very nicely, but I was getting sick of the whole "pattern and directions" thing. I had already edited the pattern like crazy, but that didn't count.. it didn't feel creative enough. I was feeling so creative I was twitching! So with this corduroy fabric, I wanted to make something entirely new and different. I began carefully cutting out pieces, and the fabric chose to become an owl.

I used some scraps of polar fleece to make her face, beak, and individual stripes of ruffly tummy feathers. I stuffed her full of stuffing, plus added some Beanie Baby-type beans so that she can stand up on her own. I think she was the perfect project for this tiny piece of vintage fabric!

I hope you like her! I want to make more.. I just love the feel of vintage corduroy! She took quite a bit of handsewing, though, which I have to be in the mood for.. haha.

Anyway, comments? Suggestions? Critiques? Thanks so much!

<3 Sam

ps.. i've also posted a blog entry about her, if you'd like to see, click the link in my signature!
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